Patriotism is definitely upon with our upcoming Independence Day! July 4th brings about BBQ’s and fireworks and flags galore. The Unites States flag has evolved over many years respresenting the history of the US. The original flag focused on the original 13 states that initially represented the US. Over time, the United States flag has changed to include all 50 states. The most current United States flag looks like this:
We celebrate and decorate with flags during out national holidays. Many people are unaware of the guidelines on properly presenting the flag. To help with flag guidelines, here are tips on how to properly use the flag in your home.
- The US flag should never touch the ground when raising or lowering it. Using care to by folding or rolling your flag helps to prevent touching the ground. Using two people to assist in raising and lowering the flag is also a tip to avoid touching the ground.
- At a minimum, the US flag is expected to be the same size as any state flags that are also flying nearby.
- The US flag is raised above the state flag or other flags if they are to exist together.
- It is good practice to put your flag away during rain and snow unless it is made of weatherproof material.
- Flying flags at half-mast is an indicator to mourn the less fortunate and flying the flag at half-mast on Memorial Day is specifically about remembering those who were lost during our wars.
- If you are using a flag on a car, the flag is represented on the right front fender or fixed to the chassis.
It is fortunate, that the US flag is displayed a multitude of ways using small and large flags. Showing your patriotic spirit through the use of the US flag has a lot of opportunities and is a sign of respect. Enjoy your celebrations and just in case you need some flags, you can get yours here.